Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams block salmon passage to the upper Columbia River. Reintroduction 'could be successful to some extent,' the Council's Independent Scientific Advisory Board said after reviewing a feasibility report by the Upper Columbia United Tribes. The ISAB found the report scientifically credible and urged an early analysis of potential reintroduction costs.
The report from the Upper Columbia United Tribes completes the first phase of a three-phase strategy in the Council’s 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to assess the potential for reintroduction.
Analysis suggests adequate habitat for salmon and steelhead above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams.
In a step toward assessing the potential for habitat to support salmon and steelhead above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams, the Council voted to support a research proposal by the Spokane Tribe of Indians.